Balmer Lawrie

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Balmer Lawrie
FoundedCalcutta, British India (1867; 152 years ago (1867))
OwnerGovernment of India

Founded by two Scotsmen, George Stephen Balmer and Alexander Lawrie, in 1867 in Kolkata, India, Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd. (BL) started as a Partnership Firm on 1 February 1867. Today Balmer Lawrie is a Mini-Ratna I Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, with a turnover of ₹2895 crores and a profit of ₹234 crores as of March 31, 2016.[1][2] It became a Private limited company in 1924 with a Paid up share capital of ₹40 lakhs, a Public limited company in 1936 and then a Government of India Enterprise in 1972.[3][4]

BL products include steel barrels, industrial greases, specialty lubricants, corporate travel and logistics services. It has a presence in performance chemicals and logistics infrastructure.

It is the largest manufacturer of steel barrels in India.[3] The company is headquartered in Kolkata, and has offices throughout India and in Bedford in the UK.


  1. ^ "Welcome to Balmer Lawrie Driven by Diversity Lead by Change". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  2. ^ "Financial Results of Balmer Lawrie". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Balmer Lawrie & Company Chairman Speech | Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd Chairman Speech". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  4. ^ "Milestones of Balmer Lawrie". Retrieved 2017-01-31.

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